Steven Heller

Raise Your Banner High High High

Design is everywhere, and it is not always award-winning, typographically nuanced, sophisticated work. Most of us grew up with the kind of type that Schloss Mfg. Co. of Athens, Ohio, created for "Promoting School Spirit."

When Progress Propagates Like Yeast

In 1948, designer, typographer and illustrator Thomas Maitland Cleland gave a talk on the nature of "'Progress' in the Graphic Arts." Here, Heller reproduces the printed version as an example of design criticism before the age of design criticism.

NY Nico’s Got Talent

New York Nico is cited by the famous Astor Place Barber Shop as "the unoffical [sic] talent scout of New York City. A.K.A. Nicolas Heller, he's also Steven Heller's son.

It was 50 Years Ago Today …

This is the year to look back at 1968 when the counter culture made its mark and almost the same year lost its impact. Heller has decided to revisit this past that defined his own life and career. Here, you'll find an excerpt from a recent talk he gave a The Type Director's Club...

Weekend Heller: Eve of Destruction?

Hope to Nope the book includes more than 145 examples of graphic design & politics, all selected to demonstrate the role of graphic design in influencing opinion, provoking debate and energizing activism during one of the most politically charged decades in recent history.

Lord of the Pinky Rings (and Pins)

Register today for the free course “5 Skills Every Design Needs to Know.” Remember this ode to love lost and regained? Aww when Judy left with Johnny at my party . . . And came back wearing his ring . . . It always made me wonder where all those high school and college...

IBM Beyond Rand

The Jules Collins Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is exhibiting “Visual Memoranda: The IBM Poster Program, 1969–1979” from April 12 to July 15. The posters are office messages produced for internal consumption.